Before any commenters whine, “Why bother to learn technical/scientific fields?” read this:
Found this on VDARE
Phoenix seems to have big wads of cash to spend when it comes to schools that nobody wants to attend. Case in point: Phoenix spent gobs of cash to build a school called CREST for the purpose of educating and training today’s students to become the unemployed techies of tomorrow. The problem for the school is that few students are interested in attending.
High-tech school off to slow start
A new high school expected to boost the number of Arizona’s science and technology professionals has attracted interest from only about half of the number of students it plans to enroll in the fall.
The Center for Research in Engineering, Science and Technology hopes to enroll as many as 150 students in its freshman class when it opens in northeast Phoenix in fall 2010, but so far slightly more than 60 students have submitted applications for the “small, specialty” school.
Looks like it’s a high school. They should make them as community colleges that high school kids can attend, because post-high school kids who’ve had a taste of minimum wage labor are much more eager learners. Anyway, if you are raising a White kids with mathematical/scientific/technical aptitute, you may want to consider to move to Arizona. Here’s what passes for the school’s web page right now:
It looks really good, even though it seems to overly specialize in three fields, Engineering, Biotech Research and Development, Biotech Sustainability
Don’t let that bother you. Your kid will learn solid basic math and science, and can use the knowledge for whatever they like. The requirements are fairly stringent, too — an 8th grader needs to have passed Algebra 1.
Rob Sanchez has a pessimistic view
for the purpose of educating and training today’s students to become the unemployed techies of tomorrow.
But I say knowledge is never wasted. There’s so much you can do with knowledge you develop in yourself besides sell it to corporations.
I think we shouldn’t overly specialize in one field of science, but rather be “Renaissance men.” Of course specialization is required for employment, but one should be like Francis Bacon and study the other fields as well, just for fun.
And be bold. If you are reading this from somewhere far away from Arizona, and your nerdy son or daughter isn’t being challenged at their school, consider moving to Phoenix just while he attends the school, and then when you pack him off to MIT or Caltech, you can go back home. It looks like it’s a really great school, and so far very unenrolled.
Rob Sanchez is right that the gov’t/corporations are taking away our jobs with outsourcing and H1B insourcing. The solution is to not to go in the fetal position and whine about losing our niches. The solution is to keep fighting, and the way to keep fighting is to become knowledgeable and look for economic niches to crash and to seize, until we have enough financial and cultural clout to exercise some influence on the laws of our nation state/brand.